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Old 05-19-04, 03:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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stripped bolts

im trying to remove a few bolts from a part on my engine, and it wont come undone, the helms says its screwed down with 56ft lbs. i put 65 ft lbs on it and it woudlnt budge. it keeps getting rounded off. im useing the correct socket as well. this is the only thing holding me back on my head gasket job.wut are some popular ways of loosing rounded off bolts? i have yet to try vice-grips
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Craftsman makes a remover, kinda looks like a reverse easy out. It fits over the stripped bolt head and has a helical pattern that grips the bolt when you turn it with a ratchet.
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=00952160000

You could also cut the nut with a dremel. Once you have a slot cut most of the way through the nut, tap in the slot with a flat punch and you can usually just turn it off with a vice grips.

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I think you used the wrong socket. What socket size did you use? Never use an open end wrench to budge really tight nuts or bolts.

Like above said.. there is this kit you can buy that will grab onto round off bolts and take them out. It's basically a socket with threaded teeths that will grab as you reverse out. From Sears.
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wow that suck, did you use any petrolium based products like wd40, if you didnt try it, it helps loosed it.
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all sockets are not created equal....there are leverage differences between a 12 point and a 6 point for example...and either is better than an open end wrench....stay away from the vice grips for now and try some of the tools made especially for this...any good hardware or Sears will have. WD40 is NOT a good oil for loosening corroded bolts..Use PB Blaster penetrant and be patient, it takes time.
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wut is BP penetrant? i did use wd40, dint really help. i was wrong about the tourqe specs, it was 25 ft lbs. i did put 65 ft lbs on it. dint budge. i guess ill dremal it out. or sumtin thanks guys keep the replies comming
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Blaster is a penetrating oil...buy it at Walmart. WD40 just displaces water and not helpful in case of any corrosion; Did you use a 12 pt socket when you did this?
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i dont know the difference between a 6 and a 12 point socket, please tell me wut that is
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If all else fails, you can use heat. If you have a propane torch, heat up the bolt or nut for a couple minutes. Just be careful that you arent gonna burn anything important Once the area is good and heated, put a socket on it (or wrench or whatever you are using), and it SHOULD break free. It is a time-tested trick that I have used on more than one occasion.
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